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March 2, 2021

Good Afternoon,

The Board of Psychology will be holding its Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Committee meeting via WebEx on March 19, 2021. At this meeting, the Committee will, among other things, provide a COVID-19 update, review pending legislation including SB 401 (Pan).

To view the agenda, click here: https://www.psychology.ca.gov/about_us/meetings/agendas/20210319_leg.shtml

Sincerely,

Board of Psychology

 


 

January 26, 2021

Good Morning,

The Board of Psychology will be holding its quarterly Board Meeting via WebEx on February 18-19, 2021. At this meeting, the Board will among other things, review comments for proposed Telehealth regulations and Continuing Professional Development regulations modified texts, and receive a presentation by the Office of Professional Examination Services. To view the agenda, click here: https://www.psychology.ca.gov/about_us/meetings/agendas/20210218_19.shtml.

Thank you,

The Board of Psychology


 

January 4, 2021

Good Afternoon,

The Board of Psychology has four new advisories related to legislation that became effective January 1, 2021. The advisories are for the following bills:

AB 2113 (Low), Refugees, asylees, and special immigrant visa holders: professional licensing: initial licensure process (effective January 1, 2021). AB 2113 added Business and Professions Code section 135.4, which requires boards and bureaus under the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) to expedite the initial licensure process for refugees, asylees, and special immigrant visa holders.

AB 2253 (Low), Professional Licensure (effective January 1, 2021). AB 2253 clarifies that in a training setting exempt from registration with the Board pursuant to either the Health and Safety Code, Penal Code, or Welfare and Institutions Code, experience that constitutes qualifying experience for licensure, means experience that meets the requirements of 2914(d) of the California Business and Professions Code.

SB 1474 (BP&ED), Business and Professions (effective January 1, 2021). SB 1474 extends the statutory authority of the Board of Psychology until January 1, 2022.       

AB 1145 (Cristina Garcia) Child Abuse: Reportable Conduct (effective January 1, 2021). For the purposes of the Child Abuse Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), AB 1145 revised the definition of sexual assault to no longer include any acts under Penal Code Sections 286 (sodomy), 287 or former Section 288a (oral copulation), and Section 289 (sexual penetration), if committed voluntarily and if there are no indicators of abuse, unless the conduct is between a person 21 years of age or older and a minor who is under 16 years of age.

For more information and to access the full advisory for all four new laws, go to: https://www.psychology.ca.gov/laws_regs/legislation.shtml

Thank you,

The Board of Psychology

 


 

December 23, 2020

Good Afternoon,

The Board of Psychology Licensure Committee will meet on January 7, 2021, at 10:00 a.m., via WebEx, to discuss among other things, updates related to waives, and issues and concerns relating to the CPLEE. To view the agenda and obtain the WebEx link, click here: https://psychology.ca.gov/about_us/meetings/agendas/20210107_licensure.shtml

Thank you,

The Board of Psychology


 

December 21, 2020

Good Afternoon,

The Board of Psychology has issued a 15-Day Notice of Modified Text to its proposed regulatory action regarding Continuing Professional Development. The 15-day comment period ends on January 6, 2021. To view the regulatory documents including the modified text, please visit: https://www.psychology.ca.gov/laws_regs/regulations.shtml

Thank you,

The Board of Psychology

 


 

December 7, 2020

Good Afternoon,

The Board of Psychology has issued a 15-Day Notice of Modified Text to its proposed regulatory action regarding the Standards of Practice for Telehealth. The 15-day comment period ends on December 22, 2020. To view the regulatory documents including the modified text, please visit: https://www.psychology.ca.gov/laws_regs/regulations.shtml.

Thank you,

The Board of Psychology

 


 

October 22, 2020

Good Morning,

The Board of Psychology will be holding its quarterly Board Meeting via WebEx on November 19-20, 2020. At this meeting, the Board will among other things, review comments for proposed Telehealth regulations, hold a regulatory hearing for proposed Continuing Professional Development regulations, and review updates to its Sunset Review report.

To view the agenda, click here: https://www.psychology.ca.gov/about_us/meetings/agendas/20201119_20.shtml

Thank you,

The Board of Psychology 


 

October 2, 2020

Good Morning,

The Board of Psychology has filed a Public Notice of Proposed Regulatory Action with the Office of Administrative Law. This proposed regulatory action Changes the continuing education guidelines and requirements that must be completed by licensed psychologists from the Continuing Education (CE) model to the broader Continuing Professional Development (CPD) model. The public comment period begins on October 2, 2020 and ends on November 16, 2020. To view the Notice, Initial Statement of Reasons, and Proposed Text, please visit: https://www.psychology.ca.gov/laws_regs/regulations.shtml

Thank you,

The Board of Psychology

 


 

September 15, 2020

Good Afternoon,

The Board of Psychology will be holding its Outreach and Communications Committee meeting via WebEx on September 25, 2020. At this meeting, the Committee will, among other things, discuss the Board’s campaign to address cultural diversity and access to psychological services in California.

To view the agenda, click here: https://psychology.ca.gov/about_us/meetings/agendas/20200925.shtml

Sincerely,

The Board of Psychology

 


 

September 2, 2020

Good Afternoon,

The Board of Psychology has made recent updates to its COVID-19 FAQ page. These updates can be found here: https://psychology.ca.gov/applicants/covid_19.shtml

Sincerely,

The Board of Psychology

 


 

August 13, 2020

Good Afternoon,

The Board of Psychology has filed a Public Notice of Proposed Regulatory Action with the Office of Administrative Law. This proposed regulatory action establishes standards of practice for telehealth by licensed California psychologists and psychology trainees, to a patient or client who is a resident of California who is temporarily located outside of this State, and to clients or patients who initiate psychological health care services while in this State, but who may not be a resident of this State to improve access to psychological care for underserved populations and to support clients or patients between regularly scheduled office visits or while they are temporarily located outside of this State. The mandatory comment period begins August 14, 2020, and ends September 29, 2020. To view the Notice, Initial Statement of Reasons, and Proposed Text, please visit: https://www.psychology.ca.gov/laws_regs/regulations.shtml

Thank you,

The Board of Psychology

 


 

July 24, 2020

Good Afternoon,

The Board of Psychology has made recent updates to its COVID-19 FAQ page. These updates can be found here: https://psychology.ca.gov/applicants/covid_19.shtml

Sincerely,

The Board of Psychology


 

July 18, 2020 

This email is being sent by the Board of Psychology on behalf of the California Departments of Health Care Services and Public Health and the Office of the California Surgeon General.

 The California Departments of Health Care Services (DHCS) and Public Health (CDPH) and the Office of the California Surgeon General (OSG) are reaching out due to the ongoing concerns of the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic and the immediate and long-term impacts on the mental health of California’s residents. Mental health concerns resulting from social isolation, financial insecurity, and unemployment increase deaths from suicide, overdose, and illness and further exacerbate inequities.

Health care providers have an opportunity to screen, intervene, and prevent these events.

Please review the letter at the link below for health care providers with tools and resources to help address mental health concerns and suicide prevention:

https://www.dhcs.ca.gov/Documents/COVID-19/Health-Care-Provider-Suicide-Prevention-6-29-20.pdf

 The following tools and resources described in the letter can save a life:
•       Suicide screening (four questions), including how to address responses that are at “imminent risk” or “potential risk” of suicide
•       Zero-Suicide Model
•       Overdose and Suicide
•       Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Suicide
•       Additional tools and resources, including the county behavioral health access lines and emotional support websites and hotlines

The letter also includes important information and guides for self-care, including COVID-19 counseling for health care workers.

Please take this opportunity to learn, share, and utilize the resources in your community. Health care professionals can help people get needed care, support, and resources. 

To learn more about suicide prevention efforts in California, review California’s Strategic Plan for Suicide Prevention 2020-2025 at the link below:

https://mhsoac.ca.gov/sites/default/files/Suicide%20Prevention%20Plan_Final.pdf

We appreciate your time and ongoing efforts to protect the health of our communities.

Thank you,

Overdose Prevention Initiative (OPI)
Center for Healthy Communities
California Department of Public Health

 


 

July 2, 2020

The Department of Consumer Affairs has issued the following waivers: 

•       DCA Waiver DCA-20-27 Waiver Extending DCA Waiver DCA-20-01 Continuing Education - https://www.dca.ca.gov/licensees/dca_20_27.pdf 
For active licensees that expire between 7/1/20, and 8/31/20, the Director temporarily waives any statutory or regulatory requirement that an individual renewing a psychologist license to be in compliance with, any continuing education requirements in order to renew a license. CE requirements must be satisfied within 6 months of this 7/1/20 Order.


•       DCA Wavier DCA-20-29 Waiver Extending DCA Waiver DCA-20-10 Face-to-Face Supervision Requirement for Psychology Trainees - https://www.dca.ca.gov/licensees/dca_20_29.pdf


The Director hereby extends the Order Waiving Face-to-Face Supervision Requirements for Psychology Trainees by an additional 60 days. The order now terminates September 3, 2020, unless further extended.
All of the Department of Consumer Affairs Waivers can be found here: https://www.dca.ca.gov/licensees/dca_waivers.shtml 
The Board is in the process of updating its website to conform with the new waiver language.  

Thank you, 

The Board of Psychology 


 

June 25, 2020

The Board of Psychology will be holding its public Board meeting via WebEx on July 9-10, 2020. At this meeting, the Board will, among other things, provide a coronavirus (COVID-19) update, including an update on waivers, request public input on ASPPB's Guidelines for the use of social media, and share an update on the Child Custody Stakeholder Implementation Plan.

To view the agenda, click here: https://www.psychology.ca.gov/about_us/meetings/agendas/20200709.shtml


 

June 12, 2020 

Dear Stakeholders - 

In response to state and local stay at home orders to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Board of Psychology temporarily closed its office to the public in March.

Following a detailed risk assessment and implementation of a COVID-19 prevention plan, we will reopen our offices to the public on June 15. Offices will resume normal hours of operation Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work under new protocols and procedures and continue to adjust to this ever-changing situation.

Safety Protocols and Physical Distancing Measures

In accordance with California’s Resilience Roadmap and guidance from the California Department of Public Health, the Board of Psychology has implemented the following preventive measures to safeguard the health and safety of our employees and visitors:
•       Prevention plan processes and procedures
•       Employee training on preventing the spread of COVID-19
•       Individual control measures and screenings
•       Cleaning and disinfecting protocols
•       Physical distancing guidelines

Online Resources and Services

To help support physical distancing, we encourage our stakeholders to continue to take advantage of our online resources and services:

•       Conduct a license search, file a complaint, apply for or renew a license, and more. Our online services are always available.

•       Review the Board’s Laws and Regulations

•       Read the materials on our Publications page, including the Board’s Newsletter

•       Visit our Contact Us page to find contact information for our programs and services, including BreEZe support and application status.

•       Visit our COVID-19 Information page for the latest information on waivers and examinations. 

As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, the Board of Psychology remains committed to updating our stakeholders and maintaining safe delivery of our programs and services. For additional information and updates, visit www.psychology.ca.gov

Sincerely,

Board of Psychology


June 10, 2020 

Good morning,

The Board of Psychology's Summer Newsletter is here!

In this edition, learn more about the Board's ongoing response to the COVID-19 crisis, and also read about the licensing services the Board offers for military families.

Read the full newsletter here:

https://www.psychology.ca.gov/forms_pubs/summer2020.pdf

Sincerely,

Board of Psychology

 


   

2019 Consumer Brochure  

 

August 13, 2019

 

Good morning Board of Psychology Stakeholders,

The Board of Psychology is pleased to share the newly revised consumer brochure Therapy Never Includes Sexual Behavior. This brochure revision was completed in coordination with the Board of Behavioral Sciences, the Medical Board of California, the Osteopathic Medical Board of California, and the Department of Consumer Affairs. 

The Therapy Never Includes Sexual Behavior brochure informs consumers that therapy never includes sexual contact (e.g. intercourse or touching of an intimate body part) between a therapist and a client, inappropriate sexual suggestions, or any other kind of sexual behavior between a therapist and a client. The revised brochure informs consumers of potential warning signs of inappropriate sexual behavior, their rights as a patient, information on where to get help if they have been the victim of sexual behavior by a therapist or former therapist, and how to file a complaint with the appropriate licensing entity. 

The revised Therapy Never Includes Sexual Behavior brochure is available for download on the Department of Consumer Affairs website at the following locations:

•           Printer Friendly Version – https://www.dca.ca.gov/publications/proftherapy.pdf

•           ADA Compliant Version – https://www.dca.ca.gov/publications/proftherapy.shtml

To order paper copies of the new brochure, please email [email protected]. Please note that up to five (5) copies will be provided free of charge but for larger orders payment for the cost of the printing may be required. 

Special Note to Board Licensees and Supervisors:

•           "Sexual behavior" is defined as inappropriate contact or communication of a sexual nature. Note: this does not include the provision of appropriate therapeutic interventions relating to sexual issues.

•           If a licensee or their employer becomes aware of any alleged incident(s) of sexual intercourse, touching of an intimate body part, or sexual behavior(s) between a previous psychotherapist of a client or patient during the course of previous treatment(s), the licensee must provide the client or patient a copy of the brochure Therapy Never Includes Sexual Behavior and discuss the brochure with the client or patient.

•           Primary supervisors are required to review the Therapy Never Includes Sex Behavior brochure with their trainees.

For additional information on legal requirements related to this brochure, please see the Board’s Legislative Advisory: AB 2968 (Levine) available here https://www.psychology.ca.gov/laws_regs/leg_ab2968.shtml

Thank you, 

The California Board of Psychology

 


 BOP Journals

 

Current and past BOP Journals can be found at:  

 http://www.psychology.ca.gov/forms_pubs/updates.shtml


 

  

Continuing Education Information

 

Current information regarding Continuing Education can be found at

https://www.psychology.ca.gov/licensees/ce_faqs.shtml